Daily Bible Reading: Hebrews 10:24 –39
Verse of the Day: Hebrews 10:24 – 25 – “and let us consider one another to provoke unto love and good works; not forsaking our own assembling together, as the custom of some is, but exhorting one another; and so much the more, as ye see the day drawing nigh.”
Interesting concept in this verse. Notice the word “provoke." παροξυσμον is the Greek word used here. Some translate it as to stimulate, encourage, etc. It is the same word that we get our English word paroxysm from. That word means any sudden, violent outburst; a fit of violent action or emotion. The Greek carries the idea of an irritation.
The writer of this passage was trying to show us how important it is for us to help one another – even if we are irritating or highly emotional. Our time together shaping and developing each other is of prime importance. So, even if we create an irritation in our encouragement – do it.
Prayer: Father, help us to see how important our relationship to You and each other is. Amen.